Kassoum Yakwe: Syracuse, Villanova, Kansas Recruiting Him the Hardest

Yakwe2By WESLEY CHENG

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORKKassoum Yakwe, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Our Savior New American (NY), is one of the rising prospects in the 2016 class. Yakwe played in the 2014 Jordan Brand International Game and scored 13 points and grabbed two rebounds for Team White as they defeated Team Black 74-71.

Yakwe played an efficient 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field. He also displayed an improved handle and a nice outside touch, hitting 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

“I’m getting more confident,” Yakwe said when asked about his outside shot. “I’ve been working in the gym getting shots up. I’m getting better [at] it.” To read more of this story, click here

2015 Guard Franklin Howard to Syracuse

Franklin Howard, a 6-foot-4 2015 combo guard from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI and Team Takeover, committed to Syracuse on his 17th birthday.

Howard also considered Maryland, Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and N.C. State.

He missed this past season after undergoing ACL surgery last summer.

“Frank is on his way to full recovery from ACL last July,” Paul VI coach Glen Farello told SNY.tv. “Frank’s got the combination of skill, IQ and competitiveness that coaches appreciate. The kid is a winner. And he will be even more hungry coming back. To read more of this story, click here

Boeheim Says Ennis Could’ve Used Another Year in College

EnnisIt doesn’t sound like Jim Boeheim is all that pleased with Tyler Ennis’s decision to go one-and-done.

Speaking Friday morning on SportsCenter, the Syracuse coach said Ennis could’ve used another year in college.

“I think he’s a great college player,” Boeheim said. “I think physically he probably could’ve used another year. A little bit different than Dion Waiters who I had a couple of years ago who left. I think Dion was physically better, more physically ready. To read more of this story, click here

Next Up at the Point at Syracuse: Kaleb Joseph

With Tyler Ennis headed to the NBA Draft, Syracuse fans are wondering, what’s next?

Barry Connors, who coaches incoming Syracuse point guard Kaleb Joseph at Cushing (MA) Academy, says not to worry.

“Hell, if I had a vested interest in Syracuse I’d be worried, too,” Connors told SNY.tv by phone Friday morning. “You’re losing a point guard who’s pretty damn good. I got some news for you. This kid’s ready.”

Connors spouted off a few impressive stats and also delved into Joseph’s game. To read more of this story, click here

Tyler Ennis to the NBA Draft

Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis met with head coach Jim Boeheim on Thursday and informed him he will enter the NBA Draft.

“Tyler’s talked it over with us and he’s decided to enter the draft,” his father, CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre, told SNY.tv by phone Thursday.

Syracuse later issued a statement making it official.

“I’d like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse,” said Ennis. “I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA.”

The 6-foot-2 Ennis, who averaged 12.9 points 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in his lone season at Syracuse, is projected anywhere from 6-15 in the Draft, his father said.

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Boeheim Says He Has Contract ‘As Long as I Want to Coach'; Says Nothing Imminent on Ennis, Grant(UPDATED)

After saying in an interview with Michael Kay and Don La Greca on ESPN 98.7 that he only has one year left on his current contract, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim clarified his comments to SNY.tv.

“I have a contract as long as I want to coach,” Boeheim said by phone. “As many years as I want.”

Boeheim, 69, added that he has “no plan” on how long he will coach.

During the radio interview, Boeheim said he only had one year remaining on his deal.

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Tyler Ennis to Huddle with Coaches, Family on NBA Decision

Tyler EnnisSyracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis will huddle this week with his coaches and family before making a decision about his future, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-2 Ennis will “look at all avenues and take everything into account to make sure he understands all options and the pros and cons to a decision like this and then he will decide,” the source said.

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